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Tree Trimming

Why We Trim          How We Trim            When We Trim

How We Trim

  • DCREMCs tree trimming contractor follows guidelines set forth by the Utility Arborist Association, Tree Care Industry Association, and the National Electric Safety Code. All crews are professionally trained to recognize hazardous situations and use proper pruning techniques to correct those situations. They use directional pruning, which removes entire branches and limbs to the main tree trunk or large lateral branch. This technique directs future growth away from power lines, reduces re-growth and protects the tree from decay while preserving as much beauty as possible. We avoid tree topping because topped trees can quickly regain their original height and the large number of fast-growing sprouts are susceptible to breakage and storm damage.

    • Primary lines: Trimming requirements vary according to facility type, tree species and line proximity. Branches can extend above or below but not too close to wires. The goal is to prune branches and remove trees in situations where adequate clearance will not be maintained until we are in your neighborhood again and it threatens reliability.

  • Service and Secondary Lines:

    These wires are more resistant to tree contact, and the homeowner is responsible for trimming trees to prevent them from growing into service lines. Before you or your contractor trim or remove trees close to service lines (pole-to-home wires), contact DCREMC to ask us to turn off the power. We turn off electricity temporarily by dropping the service line to the ground and restore it when your work is complete -- at no cost to you during normal business hours.

    Engineering Services

    Standard Operating Procedure

    Procedure Name: Safety Committee Process
    Procedure Number: ES-001.1
    Owner: Shawn Matthews
    Effective Date: August 21, 2018

  • Underground electricity service:

    • As part of our continuing effort to provide safe, reliable service, we

    routinely inspect pad-mounted transformers. On occasion we need to access them to maintain the equipment or restore service during a power interruption. To make this work possible, we need to be sure there are no trees, shrubs, plants or other obstructions within 12 feet of the front of the transformer and within five feet of the other three sides.

  • Cable or Telephone Lines: We do not trim trees for these facilities. Contact your telephone or cable company if you are concerned about tree contact.


Why We Trim          How We Trim            When We Trim


  Contact Us:

Phone: (812) 663-3391 or
(812) 663-8572

P.O. Box 46
1430 W. Main St.
Greensburg, IN 47240






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